Number XXXI here hitting you with another Parliament update. We will be heading for Massachusetts this Wednesday and that means road trip number 3 in the past 2 weeks.
On road trips you can find an array of different ways Temple Men's Basketball pass the time on the plane or the bus. Khalif Wyatt can be found dreaming of chocolate cake while Juan Fernandez reads the espanol version of Angels and Demons. Aaron Brown sits in the back with his “Beats by Dre” headphones and tries to think of new sayings and words that will become popular within the team. One such saying is, “Waddup doe?” (Language of origin: Aaronish…Definition: To ask a question in an extra inquisitive manner…Alternate pronunciations: “What’s up Though?”…Can you use it in a sentence please? “As Jimmy walked into the locker room with a TI:89 calculator and a copy of ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,’ Aaron replied, “Waddup doe?”) In case you did not notice, I broke down that saying in impeccable National Spelling Bee like fashion. Just as a side note, I want to point out that the exposing of hundreds of super intelligent children’s social ineptitude on ESPN year after year may be the most entertaining program ESPN has ever offered, but, I digress.
Rahlir Jefferson can be seen closing his eyes and gripping the arm rests in fear when we are 30,000 feet high. Before we take off I like to encourage Rahlirs fear by getting his attention, using my hand as a plane, and crashing it in the seat next to me while I make crash noises like a little kid playing with cars. Needless to say, he gets freaked out.
Dutch, being the great student he is, can always be seen highlighting pages in massive textbooks while Jimmy sleeps quietly snuggled up dreaming of the "Candy Cane Forest" and the "Sea of Swirly Twirly Gum Drops."
How do I like to pass the time? I sit there and listen to music and do something called, “space out." I space out and daydream like the disgruntled worker in the movie "Office Space." I think of things such as, "What if Juan had a ‘Dos Equis’ commercial?" I then "space out" and picture the scenes of that commercial. One of the lines would be, “When he runs, his hair waves...to the crowd." Another line would be, “His shampoo simply looks at him and says...'Thank You.'"
Every player is unique in his pregame ritual or road trip time passing. Either way being on the road is fun. Seeing the country and playing basketball is a great experience.